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The Florida baseball team celebrates after winning Game 1 of the College World Series finals against LSU on Monday.

Florida baseball on the cusp of its first national championship

Welcome to another installment of Good Morning, Gators, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering Florida athletics with beat writer Jordan McPherson. Here’s a look at what you might have missed on Monday.

Florida baseball one win from the title

The No. 3 national seed Florida baseball team defeated No. 4 seed LSU, 4-3, on Monday night in Game 1 of the College World Series finals in Omaha, Neb. Now, the Gators just need one win over the next two days to clinch their first national title. Brady Singer was electric during the game, going seven innings and striking out a career-high 12 batters, which also is the Florida record in the College World Series and a new championship series mark.’s Aaron Fitt said the game essentially went according to plan for both teams, but “the deck was stacked in Florida’s favor.

Florida officially announces Malik Zaire addition

Now that graduate transfer quarterback Malik Zaire has started classes, Florida was able to announce that he — as well as Clemson transfer offensive lineman Jake Fruhmorgen — have joined the football team. The Tampa Bay Times’ Matt Baker wrote that with Zaire’s transfer being official, now is the time to find out just what kind of coach Florida’s Jim McElwain is. Baker also ranked Zaire as the fifth-best transfer quarterback who will be playing college football this season. Former Florida quarterback Will Grier, who is now at West Virginia, is second on that list.

Tyrie Cleveland flying under the radar?’s Alex Scarborough compiled a list of the SEC East offensive players who are believed to be flying under the radar heading into the season. For Florida, his selection was sophomore wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland. His thoughts:

“Whether it’s Feleipe Franks or Malik Zaire at quarterback, the Gators’ offense needs playmakers outside of embattled receiver Antonio Callaway. Enter Cleveland, the 6-foot-2, 196-pound former Under Armour All-American who started four games as a true freshman last season. His 98-yard touchdown against LSU, coupled with a season-long average of 21.3 yards per catch, makes Cleveland a potential difference-maker when it comes to opening up a formerly stagnant offense.”

A quick recruiting note

Our Zach Abolverdi is compiling a list of Florida’s top targets for the Class of 2018. Coming in at No. 5 on the list: tight end Kyle Pitts.

Volleyball’s Rhamat Alhassan dominates with Team USA

The Team USA women’s indoor volleyball team went a perfect 7-0 at the Pan Am Cup last week, and Florida middle blocker Rhamat Alhassan had a heavy hand in the team’s success. Alhassan, who is heading into her senior season with the Gators, was one of the team’s top blockers at the net, leading Team USA in total blocks in four of seven matches.

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What they’re saying on Twitter

Defensive lineman CeCe Jefferson:

Former Florida baseball players (compiled and shared by the Florida baseball account):

Golfer Billy Horschel:

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